Today Is my last day in Thailand. I woke up around 6:30am due to the noisy birds. I had breakfast, and waited in the resort lobby for my 8:45am pickup for Thai cooking classes at Smiley Cook. The class had 5 people total, and we got to tour a local market and purchase food for the dishes we were going to cook; we chose Pad Thai, Tom Yum Soup, Green Curry Paste, and Thai Green Curry Soup. The cooking class was held at the owners home, which was absolutely amazing. I got to meet her one year old son, her husband, her mom and her brother. The cooking class lasted about 2.5 hours or so and the food we made was incredible.
I was dropped off at my resort around 1:30pm where I relaxed until 5:30pm when it was time to drive back to the airport. I arrived a bit earlier than I thought I would, so I dropped off the rental car, went through security, and asked to get on an earlier flight. They were able to get me on a flight an hour earlier, which was great.
I took a taxi from Bangkok airport (BKK) to my hotel for the night, Ploykhumthong Boutique Hotel, for a quick sleep before waking at 6:30am the next day. I had breakfast and took the hotel shuttle to the airport.
The first flight was on a Thai Airways Boeing 777-300ER from Bangkok to Beijing, China. Beijing airport was immaculate on the inside, but was extremely inefficient. The in-transit security area was very cramped, considering Terminal 3 is one of the world’s largest airport terminal. The in-transit security was also not very efficient at all, and my 2 hour layover ended up being consumed quite quickly.
The next flight was on an Air Canada Boeing 777-300ER from Beijing to Vancouver, Canada. I recieved a business class upgrade on this flight, which was great because it was an 11 hour flight. The flight was delayed because of waiting for passengers on incoming flights, and then we sat on the tarmac for nearly 1.5 hours choking on pollution. Air pollution is a very serious problem in China, especially in the larger cities. Beijing airport only has two runways, but has the passenger volume of similar airports with 3-5 runways, so congestion is also a serious issue, combined with inefficient computer systems. The flight went smooth.
I arrived in Vancouver at 1:30pm and had nearly 8 hours between my flights, so I asked if I could get on an earlier flight, which was possible for a small change fee of $75, so I accepted. I arrived back in Calgary shortly after 5:00pm. I had dinner, and did some grocery shopping before heading to bed.
This concludes my Thailand trip. I appreciate everyone who follows me on my journeys and I look forward to sharing my next experience in only 8 weeks time when I go to France and Spain. I depart on March 9th!
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